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Published September 19, 2010, 10:53 AM

Car lovers join together for a good cause

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - A benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought car lovers to Grand Forks. It was a good time for a great cause. Reporter Lezlie Johnson has our story.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAY

There was sparkling new paint, shiny new engines, and glistening headlights; all for a good cause.

“Each year we have the employees vote for which fundraiser they want to support.”

This year Rydell Auto Center is raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. This is the 5th year the dealership has held the car show and this year managers say almost 300 cars are registered.

“We had customers here showing up at 5 in the morning waiting in line to be the first ones to park their cars inside the car show.”

People come from all over the Midwest to take part in the show to rev up their cars and motorcycles.

“I kind of favor the Harley Davidson of course, that's what I collect.”

Timothy bought a 1959 Harley Davidson Servi-car to impress a woman.

“I acquired this back in the mid 80's and put it together for my wife to drive. She drove it that first year and it's been sitting there ever since.”

Although some of these classics are just owned for bragging rights, others are driven around almost everyday.

“What do I like about this car? It's loud and it's fast. The ladies love the color and the guys like the motor.”

No matter what form of transportation you prefer, there's something for everyone.

“We all have kind of the same interests, we get caught up in some of the things that are happening in the car industry and just finding out what's happening.”

“It's just fun being out with everyone else who's got bikes or cars. It's just fun mingling with people and enjoyable.”

It is enjoyable for car lovers to come together, show off their hard work, and raise money to put a smile on children who need the most. Last year, the show raised more than 43-thousand dollars for Altru's Cancer Center.